“I want to give you something to remember Paris by…” Those were the words of Helgi Tomasson right before he promoted me to soloist on the last day of our 2005 tour to Paris. He was right, I’ll never forget that moment or that tour.
While not every tour has affected me so significantly, each one has added enrichment to my career and my life. Imagine, in my first two years with the Company I traveled to Paris, three cities in Spain, and London. While adjusting to the rigors of dancing as a professional, I also got to experience fantastic places like a working local. I remember walking the alleys of Barcelona to and from the theater, passing the same adorable boutiques every day, and eventually giving in to the temptation of going inside. In Paris I had my corner café where I grabbed coffee every morning with the Parisians.
While touring in America doesn’t have the exoticism of Europe and Asia, there is still plenty of excitement and the added benefit of no language barriers! It’s wonderful to perform for other American audiences as the oldest American ballet company, and show our talents and diversity. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, in Orange County, actually brings in an enormous amount of ballet and is a well-educated audience. It’s a privilege to perform there with other world-class companies including the Bolshoi and Paris Opera Ballet. And for us it’s just an hour flight!